Over 90 per cent of Canadian military personnel fully COVID-19 vaccinated, official says

A senior military commander in Western Canada says he doesn’t expect much opposition from Canadian Forces personnel over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. Ottawa is requiring federal employees, including members of the … Read More

Religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Here’s what we know, what we don’t

With the final deadlines for federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates looming, many who haven’t yet received the jab are scrambling to take their shot, preparing to face consequences, or seeking an … Read More

Service Canada braces for surge in passport renewals amid U.S. land border reopening

Pierce Schoel thought he might be able to avoid a long wait at the passport office in Kitchener, Ont. by going in the middle of the day. He was surprised … Read More

Blair ‘very confident’ federal vaccine passport coming by U.S. border reopening on Nov. 8

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he’s ‘very confident’ that Canadians will have a national vaccine passport in place by the time the U.S. border reopens for non-essential travel on … Read More

Citing medical conditions, women file constitutional challenge of B.C. vaccine card

Two British Columbia women who say doctors advised them against getting COVID-19 vaccines have filed a constitutional challenge of the province’s vaccine passport. A petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court … Read More

Where do Montreal’s top mayoral candidates stand on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations?

The issue of mandatory vaccination has been at the forefront in Quebec in recent weeks, with the province requiring health-care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face suspension without pay. … Read More

‘Rules are the rules’: Freeland mum on removing PCR testing for Canada border

On the heels of news that the United States will reopen its border to Canadians for leisure travel, calls have grown for the Canadian government to scrap its COVID-19 testing … Read More

U.S. focused on easing vaccine patents, creating greater access to technology

A top U.S. trade official said Thursday the Biden administration remains committed to an easing of rules that protect the technology behind coronavirus vaccines so that they can be produced … Read More

N.S. introduces legislation creating ‘bubble zone’ outside hospitals from COVID protesters

Nova Scotia is introducing legislation to protect health-care providers and patients from protests held outside health-care facilities. The move was prompted by a string of protests outside hospitals in the … Read More

Will O’Toole mandate COVID-19 vaccines for Conservative MPs? He’s not talking

One of the challenges for Erin O’Toole, in staying on as Conservative leader, will be deciding whether his MPs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the House of Commons. … Read More

Business groups urge Canada to scrap PCR test requirement, as U.S. border nears reopening

Boards of trade, chambers of commerce and tourism organizations both in the United States and Canada are calling on the Canadian government to scrap requirements to produce a negative COVID-19 … Read More

Canada-U.S. border news brings travel hope. Here’s how to do it safely

With the news that the Canada-U.S. border restrictions are set to lift come November, Canadians might find themselves loading up on gas and preparing to take advantage of the newfound … Read More

B.C. civil rights group sues federal government over prolonged confinement in prisons

A civil liberties group has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over prolonged solitary confinement two years after British Columbia’s top court ruled it is a violation of prisoners’ … Read More

Ontario’s online proof-of-vaccination portal inaccessible outside of North America

If you live in Ontario and are planning to travel abroad, you’ll want to download your proof of COVID-19 vaccination before you go. That’s because Ontario’s vaccine website, where Canadians … Read More

Health-care staff shortages could be on the way as COVID-19 vaccine mandates loom

Canada is preparing for the worst as provincial COVID-19 vaccine mandates threaten to plunge the country into a sharp uptick of health and long-term care worker shortages and layoffs. For … Read More

Don’t travel unless ‘absolutely necessary,’ Hajdu reminds Canada ahead of holiday season

As the weather starts to get colder and Canadians start eyeing sunny destinations to the south, Health Minister Patty Hajdu has a reminder: non-essential travel is still not advised. Hajdu … Read More

Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate: Here’s what we know, what we don’t

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required by no later than the end of October for all employees in Canada’s federally regulated workplaces. And, by mid-November, enforcement measures in place … Read More

Quebec stands by COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers amid fears of staffing shortages

Quebec’s premier and its health minister on Wednesday defended their decision to impose mandatory vaccination for health-care workers, even as an opposition party and several unions urged them to push … Read More

More COVID-19 vaccine mandates coming as U.S. summer surge in cases wanes: officials

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are coming down again, hospitalizations are dropping, and new cases per day are about to dip below 100,000 for the first time in two months … Read More

‘Mind your own uterus’: U.S. women march for abortion rights

The first Women’s March of the Biden administration heads straight for the steps of the Supreme Court on Saturday, part of nationwide protests demanding continued access to abortion in a … Read More

COVID-19: Kenney says Alberta to accept help from feds, N.L as health system under ‘enormous pressure’

Just days after saying help offered to Alberta by the federal government and Newfoundland and Labrador was not immediately necessary, Premier Jason Kenney announced Thursday that his province has now … Read More

10% of Alberta schools have COVID-19 outbreaks: student advocacy group

An advocacy group and a school board say they fail to understand why the Alberta government is not contact tracing like it did last year even as the COVID-19 virus is … Read More

YouTube moves to ban all anti-vaccine content from its platform

YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond its ban on false information about the COVID-19 vaccines to include content that contains misinformation about other approved vaccines, it said in … Read More

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney refused COVID-19 help from N.L. premier

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney refused Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey’s offer to help the Prairie province through the fourth COVID-19 wave as the health-care system teeters on the brink … Read More

Canada election saw 62% voter turnout amid COVID-19 challenges

Sixty-two per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in last week’s federal election – about average turnout for recent Canadian elections despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elections Canada … Read More

Bloc leader calls on Justin Trudeau to hold summit on health transfers with premiers

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 22, 2021 2:29 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet … Read More

Alberta asks feds for help as 29 COVID-19 deaths reported in 24 hours Tuesday

Alberta’s Infrastructure minister said Tuesday that the province has officially asked Ottawa for help with the COVID-19 crisis. “As part of our ongoing efforts to boost health-care capacity during the … Read More

Kenney will join Hinshaw for COVID-19 update as Alberta asks feds for help

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health will be joined by Premier Jason Kenney Tuesday evening to provide an update on COVID-19 in the province. Their news conference is scheduled for … Read More

As Canada went to polls, here are 5 non-election stories you may have missed

Canadians went to the polls Sept. 20 to choose their next government in the 44th federal election. Polls in many provinces have closed and preliminary results are trickling in. Read … Read More

Alberta health-worker unions call on Kenney to request military help with COVID-19 crisis

A letter from the leaders of several unions that represent health-care workers in Alberta is calling on Premier Jason Kenney to request assistance from both the military and the Red … Read More

B.C. man in COVID-19 isolation frustrated he won’t be able to vote in federal election

What’s more important: The fundamental right to vote, or the quarantine rules amid a global pandemic that’s so far killed more than 4.5 million people? It’s a question that one … Read More

Canada election: How parties vow to prevent the next pandemic

Canada wasn’t ready for the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the conclusion of experts, health-care workers and even the Auditor General. And during the 2021 federal election, parties have pledged to make … Read More

Pandemic elections: What other countries have voted during COVID-19?

For the first time in Canada’s political history, federal elections are being held during a global pandemic. When Justin Trudeau called the snap vote last month there was a chorus … Read More

Shoal First Nation lifts 24-year boil water advisory, but there’s more to do: experts

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has ended its boil water advisory, signifying the beginning of a new era for one Indigenous community after nearly 25 years of limited access to … Read More

Shoal Lake First Nation lifts 24-year boil water advisory, but there’s more to do: experts

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has ended its boil water advisory, signifying the beginning of a new era for one Indigenous community after nearly 25 years of limited access to … Read More

Tory candidate says she ‘misspoke’ in opposing vaccine passports

Conservative candidate Rosemarie Falk says she misspoke when she told an interviewer that her party does not support vaccine passports for entry into or departure from Canada. She made the … Read More

Tory candidate says she ‘misspoke’ in opposing vaccine passports — twice

Conservative candidate Rosemarie Falk says she misspoke when she told an interviewer that her party does not support vaccine passports for entry into or departure from Canada — despite making … Read More

Alberta adds COVID-19 measures, vaccine passport in effort to prevent health-care system’s collapse

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this article said Wednesday marked the second time Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It actually … Read More

Trudeau defends 400-person indoor rally, says it followed COVID-19 protocols

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 15, 2021 11:52 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is … Read More

‘Getting dangerous’: Calls grow for federal action amid Canada’s nurse shortage

Two decades into a career she once loved, Toronto emergency room nurse Nancy Halupa says she is almost ready to throw in the towel. “I don’t think I can do … Read More

Trudeau defends retort to heckler who targeted wife: ‘He went after my family’

WARNING: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers. Discretion is advised. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is standing behind comments he made to a protestor who directed … Read More

Alberta’s top doctor says ‘Open for Summer’ plan set stage for 4th wave of COVID-19

As Alberta hospitals struggle to keep up with rising COVID-19 case numbers, the province’s chief medical officer of health has suggested the surge is because most health restrictions were removed … Read More

Trudeau, Singh want to criminalize protests that block hospitals. But can they?

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s pledge on Monday to criminalize protests that block hospitals and other health-care facilities would be entirely within the government’s legal rights, expert say, with any challenges … Read More

Trudeau to protesters: ‘Isn’t there a hospital you should be going to bother right now?’

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Monday appeared to taunt angry protesters who attempted to drown out a planned interview in British Columbia, by asking them if there was “a hospital … Read More

COVID-19: What are the political, moral impacts of anti-vaccine protests at hospitals?

Protesters were stationed outside hospitals in Alberta’s biggest cities again on Monday, carrying signs, shouting at patients and health-care workers and angrily expressing their opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. … Read More

B.C.’s transgender community speaking out after ‘deadnames’ appear on vaccine cards

As B.C.’s vaccine card goes into effect Monday, some British Columbians are expressing frustration over an error in the system. Wulfric Odinson, who goes by the pronouns he, him and … Read More

Trudeau stands by conditional health transfers, says he wants results

By Mia Rabson The Canadian Press Posted September 10, 2021 2:21 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau … Read More

‘No. Absolutely not’: Trudeau says he doesn’t regret calling election during 4th wave

After weeks of being hammered by opposition leaders for plunging the country into a federal election during the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is standing … Read More

B.C.’s chief coroner calling on federal leaders to focus on illicit drug death crisis

As voters start to turn to who they are going to support for the upcoming federal election, B.C.’s chief coroner is hoping the ongoing overdose crisis weighs into the minds … Read More

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